James Jaillet

FMCSA to study 200 truckers to assess adding split sleeper berth options in hours regs

The agency’s split sleeper berth pilot program seeks to determine the effects split sleeper berth options, such as splits of 5-5, 6-4 and 7-3, would have on drivers. The study’s outcome could dictate whether FMCSA decides to pursue reforms to hours of service regulations.

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FMCSA officially nixes rule on increasing minimum liability insurance required for carriers

Ultimately, the agency says it received too little feedback, particularly from insurance companies, to proceed with a rulemaking. FMCSA sought to quantify whether the current $750,000 minimum, set in 1985, was too low to cover modern liability claims.

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Texas legislature OK’s autonomous vehicles, including those unmanned

The bill prohibits the state DOT or localities from requiring special permits to operate autonomous vehicles, and it allows unmanned vehicles to operate in the state.

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To comply with Trump regs review order, DOT names Regulatory Review Officer

DOT's Regulatory Review Officer, called for by a Feb. 24 executive order from President Trump, will oversee DOT's review of regulations that are too costly to justify or are outdated.

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Uber’s self-driving truck venture shaken up as legal woes mount

With legal trouble swirling around Uber's autonomous truck venture, the company has fired Anthony Levandowski, the founder of the autonomous truck company Otto and a star engineer with Uber and, formerly, Google. The company also quietly announced last month it dropped the name Otto, as it was facing a lawsuit by a Canadian-based robotics company of the same name.

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Supreme Court could decide June 8 whether to hear ELD lawsuit

The U.S. Supreme Court could decide as early as June 8 whether it will hear the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association's lawsuit against the federal government's rule to mandate use of electronic logging devices for truck drivers.

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Regs relief, autonomous trucking highlight topics for FMCSA committee meeting next month

FMCSA says it’s asking MCSAC for recommendations, related to autonomous vehicles, on CDLs, driver qualifications, ELDs, hours of service and inspection and maintenance and how the agency should navigate those issues, as they pertain to vehicle automation, through the federal regulatory framework.

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Trump budget: More tolls and private rest areas, less money for DOT

Trump's budget would open up existing Interstate lanes to tolling, allow private companies to operate rest areas and slash the DOT budget over the next five years.

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Trump regulatory freeze further delays driver training rule

A January-issued memo from President Trump directing federal agencies to reassess certain regulations has again delayed the effective date of a rule establishing minimum training standards for new truck drivers.

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DOT declines to file opposition in ELD lawsuit’s appeal to Supreme Court

The attorney representing OOIDA and truckers Richard Pingel and Mark Elrod in the ELD challenge says it’s not uncommon for the government to decline to file in such court cases. However, he says, the Supreme Court could ask DOT to file an opposition brief before deciding to hear the case or not.

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